You colon is the part of your body between the cecum of your large intestine and your rectum. It is responsible for extracting moisture from food before it is excreted. Because cancer may develop in your colon, many products that promise colon cleansing are popular, including Colon Aid 700. Colon Aid 700 contains ingredients that collectively make it a stool softener, laxative and digestive aid: psyllium husk, cascara sagrada and ginger.
Psyllium husk is an ingredient in Colon Aid 700, according to its review in Colon Health Magazine. Pysllium is a plant endemic to India and Iran, where it has long been used to relieve constipation. Pysllium husk is the coating around the seeds that is extracted from the plant. When this husk comes in contact with water, it is able to swell and absorb up to 16 times its weight, according to Colon Zone. Because it is made of absorbent fiber and mucilage, it is able to form a soft mass in the colon and easily excrete it.
Cascara sagrada is Spanish for sacred bark, as it is a herb made from the bark of the American buckthorn tree that has been used medicinally by the Spanish in the western United States since their settlement there. Cascara sagrada is another ingredient in Colon Aid 700, and it is an effective laxative due to the presence of anthraquinones in the bark. According to People's Pharmacy, the anthraquinones in cascara sagrada stimulate the bowels to empty after approximately 8 hours. People's Pharmacy warns you can become dependent on cascara sagrada and that you should not use it for longer than 10 days.
Ginger is the underground stem of the Zingiber officinale plant endemic to Asia and North Africa, where it has been used for centuries as a herbal remedy for digestion. Ginger is added to Colon Aid 700 as a digestive aid. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, ginger contains the active compounds gingerol and shogaol that make it effective in relieving upset stomach, diahhrea and nausea.